Steele Canyon Golf Club - Ranch/Vineyard

4.3678000000 4.4 stars from 5 (367)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6908 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 74.2
  • Layout

  • 3199 Stonefield Dr, Jamul, California 91935, San Diego County
  • (619) 441-6900
  • (619) 441-6909
  • www.steelecanyon.com

Year built: 1991
Architect(s): Gary Player (1991)
Type: Semi-Private
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex & Discover are welcomed.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black Knight 71 6908 yards 74.2 139
Blue 71 6456 yards 71.9 134
White 71 6223 yards 70.8 132
White (W) 71 6223 yards 77.1 140
Gold 71 5552 yards 67.7 123
Gold (W) 71 5552 yards 72.2 131
Red (W) 71 4747 yards 67.8 119

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 367 Reviews
5 stars:
178
4 stars:
158
3 stars:
20
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

346 out of 365 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views locals   Challenges include elevation changes forced carries bunkers   Great for drinks brunch patio dining  

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"Always a Good Experience"


Craigrsnyder's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was the third time I have played Steele Canyon, first time I have played the Canyon 9, and I have enjoyed myself every time. If I go to play a course and the amenities, carts, and especially the greens are in good condition I'm happy. If you live in San Diego County and are able to get the resident rate, it's a great deal. All three nines are fun to play and offer some interesting shots and a few gorgeous views. The design itself is good, not terribly interesting or exciting but also not quirky or unfair. I like to walk sometimes and unfortunately that's not an option. It's not a knock on the course because the terrain offered no other choice, but you're not walking Steele Canyon. When all is said and done, if you keep your greens in good shape and running at 10 on the Stimp, I'm in!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Glad I had a chance to play here!"


Kim8800487's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was looking for a course to play in the surrounding San Diego area while visiting. On Sunday morning, I opened my GolfNow app and found a HotDeal for $59 for this course, normally $112. This course has three 9 holes: Canyon, Ranch, & Vineyard.

I arrived and checked in 20 mins prior to my tee time. The pro shop said I could get started early and to check in with the starter. The starter said he was ready to let me go out, except it would be Vineyard and Ranch course. Based on what I read in the reviews, the Vineyard course would be narrow with lots of houses lined along the course so I asked if could play the Canyon and Ranch instead. He said no problem but wait would be about 15 minutes. Perfect, I grabbed my bag and loaded my golf cart. He gave me a yard book for reference since I told him it was my first time at this course. This yard book came a long way for me and I couldn't believe the starter gave it to me for free!

The canyon course was beautiful, every hole was scenic with lots of elevation changes. I noted that the 1st hole had a posted sign, beware of rattlesnakes. Also, at 1st hole, there are lots of range balls to the left of the fairway so avoid hitting to that side or use a colored ball so you can find yours if needed. My favorite hole on this course was the #5. It was the most impressive, with steep elevation changes and has a lookout point of pond from hole #6. This hole also has a large patch of rough from tee box so it creates quite a challenge for a long par 3.

Hole 2, beware of sand bunkers (lots of them) on the left of fairway.

Hole #4 has large patch of rough to get to the fairway. This was a challenging hole.

Hole 8 has the green surrounded by water to the left and makes it essential to lay up before trying to land it there. I saw quite a few balls in the water below.

By the time I got to the Ranch course, I felt beaten down as this was a hard course to play and I had lost quite a few balls on the par 3s. The Ranch course was a little more challenging and also nice as well. I highly recommend this course as it is very well maintained, friendly staff, great cart service that's hard to find in Los Angeles, excellent greens, and great pace of play. I finished my round in 4 hours on a Sunday afternoon!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




u000006227774's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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Beautiful course with great views. The course was in excellent condition. I played the Ranch and Vineyard 9's. Personally i could have played tge Ranch 9 over and over


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Ranch & Vineyard courses"


pklphd's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My step-son and I had a great afternoon of golf at Steele Canyon. It was all that we had heard and more. The courses were challenging but the beauty of each fairway and green layout more than made up for our bruised egos. We played on Monday without pressure from any other players ahead or behind us. All of the staff we encountered were cordial and pleasantly helpful. I was frustrated that neither GolfLogix or GolfNow GPS apps worked to give us yardages, however.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A hilly challenge"


dharvey13's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

I have heard about Gary Player courses and decided to give this one a try. It is a challenging course. The layout is good and there are a ton of elevation changes. You better bring all of your shots to play well here. The greens were in good shape and were running a 12. I found them to be hard to read. I did hit one long putt but most were in the vicinity and weren't falling. The course is in good shape. They were doing some work on the course. There are some long Par 3's where you need to be on or you will lose your ball. All in all the course was a good and I would recommend and I will play it again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Underwhelming"


CaptWillard's avatar
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Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Gary Player designs have a reputation for being like an old ex-girlfriend of mine: pretty to look at, but not much fun to spend a few hours with. Sadly, Steele Canyon lives up to this reputation. It is extremely well maintained, but ultimately, it's design fails to take full advantage of the remarkable setting.

The Vineyards course was a real disappointment: it's essentially just like every other early-1990s residential track you've ever played, with the layout given no more apparent thought than what it had to be to work through the neighborhood. Its fairways are preposterously narrow (with landing areas no wider than 20 yards in places), and it is unnecessarily penal.

The Ranch course was much better. It got away from the houses and opened up a lot more, which obviously invited greater creativity in design. Some of the elevated tee shots are genuinely breathtaking. But it still can't get away from lazy design elements: No. 8 is a par 3 at 200+ yards for no apparent reason, and the green at No. 5 (already the toughest hole on the nine, and maybe the property) is almost fully surrounded by bunkers -- again, for no apparent reason (other than that Player couldn't think of other ways to challenge his golfers).

The course also doesn't allow walking. That's the right policy, given how spread out the course is; but when you design a course that isn't walkable, you've thrown away an important part of the game. To be clear, this is a design flaw and not a staff issue.

All that said, you could do much worse. The staff could not be nicer, and again, the course is beautiful. But all things being equal, I think I'd rather play Maderas.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Interesting and beautiful"


u000005356902's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2017
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Course is very interesting with well above average variation in the holes. For men there are some tee shots that are visually intimidating, yet in reality there are good landing areas. My wife played the red tees which are nicely women friendly. Those wanting to experience more challenge can move back to the golds . This course should go on your list of must plays.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Natural Layout"


Kent5403722's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2017
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This was a great course to play. It was visually amazing as well as challenging due to the natural terrain. I played mid morning and the course was not that busy.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful setting, excellent layout"


u155394296's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2017
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My husband and I truly enjoyed our round (Canyon/Ranch) here. It was challenging for me, a female 14 handicap, from the golds which are long (over 5600) with some carrys from the tee that made me hold my breath. But doable! Canyon has particularly beautiful holes, no housing, with breathtaking elevation changes. Excellent greens which even though punched fairly recently rolled smoothly and quick. On a Wednesday afternoon we had the course to ourselves. We look forward to playing again. Highly recommend.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



miclray's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Tough course, beautiful."


Jim9027774's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2017
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First time playing this course. Very impressed with the course conditions and views. A very challenging course that will test every aspect of your game. Not much rollout in the fairways and greens were fast, but fair. Green fees were reasonable for this level of course. Got stuck behind a slow foursome, but finished in about 4 1/2 hours. If you are looking for a beautiful and tough course, try this one.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Grest Course"


Kevan3267604's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2017
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Excellent value for money, Great staff and friendly atmosphere


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun Course - Will Be Back"


Dman27's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played Ranch-Vineyards for the first time. Pro-shop and on-course customer service were excellent and course conditions were exceptional. The recent rains in the area appear to have brought out the wild flowers which made for a stunning backdrop for the round. Greens ran fast and true and fairways and tees boxes were well maintained. I preferred Ranch over Vineyards only because I prefer elevation changes. Only words of advise would be to not challenge the water features as they are longer than they appear and are sloped to capture errant shots. :-( Will definitely play again when I return to the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


sparky45's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course but would rather play a little later in the year. Fairways dry but in good shape need watered.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/24/2017

Thank you for joining us and I am sorry you felt the course was dry. We did cut back on watering this week slightly as we were expected to get an inch of rain. However, we had many nice comments about the course yesterday and several replay groups from out of town. Hope to have you visit us again soon.


"Nice course..... but"


u000002991878's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2017
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The canyon 9 was very nice. Great views from the tee boxes and in good condition, however the ranch 9 was not nice at all. Conditions were very dry. Not sure if that 9 is irrigated. No nice views at all. Overall I'd have to say a little overpriced and we had the hit deal price.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/16/2017

I am sorry you did not find the Ranch course enjoyable. We did just do some spring maintenance to it that week so it may have been a bit rugged, but overall the comments on it have been positive. We have our maintenance dates posted online, in our golf shop and try to have our staff communicate with all of our guests but some may slip thru the cracks. Again I apologize if you were not informed of these conditions and hope you will join us again.



drsyhan's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



eabrewer2000's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Mission trails"


u000006537043's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2017
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Great condition. Definately worth the price. Never too backed up


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000008055611's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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